Shadowing experienced colleagues is a method of learning that involves observing and following an experienced colleague as they perform their job.
- Identify a colleague to shadow: Start by identifying a colleague who has the expertise or experience you would like to gain. Choose someone who you respect and who is open to sharing their knowledge and skills.
- Request to shadow: Reach out to the colleague and ask if they would be willing to have you shadow them. Explain the reason for your request and what you hope to learn from the experience.
- Plan the shadowing experience: Work with the colleague to plan the shadowing experience. Agree on the length of the shadowing period and the tasks or activities you will observe.
- Observe and participate: During the shadowing experience, observe the colleague as they perform their tasks and activities. Take notes on the processes and techniques they use, and ask questions to gain further insights.
- Reflect on the experience: After the shadowing experience, take time to reflect on what you learned and how the experience impacted your skills and career goals. Share your insights with your manager and the team to help create a culture of continuous learning and development.